The Dove

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"They searched the world... until they found each other."
  • PG
  • 1974
  • 1 hr 45 min
  • 6.3  (441)

The Dove is a 1974 adventure-drama film directed by Charles Jarrott, based on the true story of Robin Lee Graham's solo circumnavigation aboard his sailboat, and adapted from his own book, The Voyage of the Dove. The film stars Joseph Bottoms as the 16-year-old Graham, who sets out to sail around the world after his father challenges him to prove his worth as a man. Graham's journey is not without trials and tribulations, however, as he battles against the elements, encounters pirates, and falls in love along the way.

The film begins with Graham as a young man living in the Pacific islands with his family. After a life-changing event, Graham resolves to set sail around the world in his 23-foot sloop, Dove. His parents reluctantly agree to let him go, and so begins his journey.

Graham's early days on the sea are fraught with difficulty as his inexperience is made evident by his struggle to navigate his way through rough waters. Along his journey, he crosses paths with a number of interesting characters, including a young woman named Patti (Deborah Raffin) whom he falls in love with.

As Graham travels along his journey, he encounters a host of difficulties that test his resolve and his self-reliance. He encounters violent storms, treacherous seas, and even pirates. Along the way, he also experiences the joys of adventure and the simple pleasures of life on the water. He grows in both wisdom and maturity as he journeys through dangerous waters and overcomes challenges that he never anticipated.

The film is beautifully shot and captures the colorful, exotic nature of Graham's journey. As he sails through the South Pacific, viewers are treated to some truly stunning images of crystal-clear waters, idyllic islands, and lush flora and fauna. Additionally, the use of actual footage shot on location adds an air of authenticity to the film.

One of the film's core themes is the idea of self-reliance and the importance of relying on oneself in times of difficulty. Graham's journey is a testament to the strength of the human spirit and the power of the will to overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles. The young man's unwavering determination and optimism as he faces down each new challenge that arises is both inspiring and heartwarming.

Another interesting aspect of the film is the relationship between Graham and Patti. The two meet during Graham's journey and quickly become inseparable. Their relationship is a testament to the power of love in the face of adversity, and the two young lovers provide a touching emotional center to the film.

Overall, The Dove is a captivating and inspiring journey that will appeal to anyone who values the spirit of adventure and the power of the human spirit. Joseph Bottoms delivers a memorable performance as Graham, while Deborah Raffin brings a tender vulnerability to her role as Patti. The film captures the majesty and beauty of the open sea, as well as the grit and determination required to sail solo around the world.

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    1 hr 45 min
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    6.3  (441)